Matt Hardy has spoken up as a veteran wrestler in AEW with some advice for anybody that has backstage issues.
The last few months have been tumultuous in AEW behind the scenes with the locker room fight at September’s All Out pay-per-view that saw CM Punk & Ace Steel fight with The Young Bucks & Kenny Omega leading to all of them being suspended. There’s even some belief that Punk may never come back to WWE when he’s healed after his torn triceps surgery.
One month after that All Out fight, Andrade El Idolo and Sammy Guevara exchanged words in interviews as well as on social media. That led to a backstage fight prior to the October 5th episode of Dynamite with Andrade throwing punches at Sammy. That led to Andrade being kicked out of the building by AEW management while it’s unknown when or if he might return.
When Matt Hardy was recently a guest on Sirius XM’s Busted Open show, he suggested that AEW wrestlers should just talk to somebody they have issues with.
“The best advice I can give anyone — if you have an issue with something or someone, go to them directly and talk it out. When people harbour resentment towards someone else, that’s when bad things happen. You have to get it out. You have to be forthright, and really address these scenarios and situations.”
The 48-year-old Hardy (who is a father of four young children) has also talked about how as a veteran in AEW, he’s tried to help the process while mentioning other locker room leaders in the company.
“I feel like, as a veteran, I am trying to help expedite that process. There’s a lot of guys, too, like [Chris] Jericho, Jon Moxley, and Bryan Danielson — they’ve all really stepped up and had these super positive meetings. We’re gonna continue on that path. I think we’re gonna get there, and everything’s gonna be good.”
AEW will make history on the October 12th Dynamite episode that is taking place in Toronto, which is the first time Dynamite has been outside the United States.
H/t to Wrestling Inc. for the transcription.